14 lakh to take health exam

Nearly 14 lakh candidates will take the Basic Health Worker (BHW) examinations on May 30 and June 12 for a total of 6,871 posts. The examination is being conducted to appoint 1911 female health workers or Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives (ANM) and 4960 male health workers.

"These are grassroots level workers who provide door-to-door health services in villages," said Dr R Banswal, Joint Director, Department of Family Welfare and in-charge of the examination.

A total of 4.65 lakh women will take the examination on May 30 while around 9.5 lakh men will take the examination on June 12.

"This is the largest examination being conducted by the Department of Health and Family Welfare," added Dr Banswal. The results of the examinations will be declared by June end. The one-year training for BHW (M) and one-and-a-half-year programme for ANM is scheduled to start from the first week of July. "With the eligibility requirement being intermediate pass, many candidates are taking the examination. The pay scale of Basic Health Worker ranges from is Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,000.

The ANMs are posted at the sub-centers looking after a population of 5,000, whereas male workers look after more than two sub-centers," said Dr Banswal.

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